Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and I thought I’d do something a little different. I worked at McDonalds for 10 years and it taught me a lot about life, especially about raising children, surprisingly enough. Yes, McDonalds taught me a lot about being a mother, and I’m going to share my light-hearted experiences with you all for a good laugh!
1. Never, ever, let your child order his/her food. A mom walks up with a 4-5 year old child and with a huge smile, says, “Okay Billy, tell the nice lady what you want!” Billy freezes, staring up at the cashier who gives him a friendly but almost forced smile. Meanwhile, the line behind them grows longer and more impatient, with the mom prodding her son to speak up with what he wants to eat. I’ve lived this scenario plenty of times in my McDonalds career, and it never got easier. When Allison gets older, trying to get her to order food with a long line behind us is OFF LIMITS.
Similarly, this drive thru scenario:
“Johnny, what do you want?”
“I want french fries!”
“Do you want chicken or cheeseburger?”
“I want a toy!”
2. Children throw up. A lot. In my last few months there, right before I got married, I had to clean up some vomit on the Playplace floor. The poor grandmother kept apologizing, and I said, “Oh, it’s no problem! It gives me practice for when I have kids!” How right I was. Allison got some sort of bug back in December, and the amount of vomit was incredible. And guess who was the one to stay up with her all night?
3. I clean. A lot. And it gets dirty again immediately. Isn’t there a saying that goes “Cleaning the house while you have children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos”? It didn’t matter how often I wiped down the prep table and the cabinets. As soon as I got out a piece of meat, the table got greasy again. Why should I sweep the kitchen floor? Allison’s just going to throw food off her high chair again. (I sweep it anyway, because I hate the feeling of food under my feet.)
4. I can please even the pickiest of eaters. I’ve had food thrown in my general direction because she didn’t like what was in her food. And Allison does it, too! Just a quick fix of replacing a plain cheeseburger, or a cheese quesadilla in Allison’s case, and I’ve got happy campers! I can’t go hiding vegetables in a customer’s burger, but I wonder how I can hide veggies in a quesadilla? 😉
5. I can deal with tired, cranky people. Have you ever tried to talk to someone before they’ve had their coffee? It’s a very scary thing. And a toddler when it’s getting close to naptime? Make one wrong move and she falls to her knees crying and banging her fists on the ground.
6. Coffee makes my day go much better. I had to wake up at 3:00 every morning to go to work, and I couldn’t have done it without that sweet, sweet coffee. Now I sleep in until 5:00 and my precious coffee saves me every time.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! You are all amazing, every single one of you, and don’t ever forget it!
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